Unscheduled detour costs Harrier Bruce

Alnwick Harriers

Two Harriers took part in the Whitley Bay Parkrun on Saturday.

Bruce Crombie made the long trip to take part in the event and was in second place, just behind the leader, when both went off on an unfortunate detour. Bruce rejoined the race well down the field but fought his way back to finish third in 19.02.

Phil Lee also took part in his local event, finishing 65th of the 154 runners in 24.13.

Meanwhile, two father/daughter combos competed in the Newcastle Parkrun.

Results: 47-Jim Lillico 19.59; 132-Phil Baston 23.17; 159-Annabel Lillico 23.58; 270-Charlotte Baston 27.49.

The rest of the weekend’s Harrier action was in the Lake District. David Nolan and Dave Coates travelled over to take part in back-to-back events, the 15k Helvellyn Trail Race on Saturday and the Ullswater 14k Trail Race on Sunday, part of the increasingly popular Lakeland Trails series.

Indeed, the events were so popular that the Ullswater event was split into two different races, with Bridget Peberdy taking part in the other race with her husband.

Results: Ullswater 14k Trail Race (first race): 110-Bridget Peberdy 1.49.46.

Ullswater 14k Trail Race (second race): 55-David Nolan 1.18.16; 95-Dave Coates 1.33.23.

Helvellyn 15k Trail Race: 77-David Nolan 1.14.35; 191-Dave Coates 1.30.06.

Also on Sunday, the Eastoes took part in the Derwentwater 10 Mile Race, with Richard doing the chivalrous thing and pipping Gay to the post.

Results: 338-Richard Eastoe 1.32.48; 339-Gay Eastoe 1.32.48.

Finally, back on the weekend of October 26/27, Harriers legends Mike Henry and John Fairbairn took part in the Original Mountain Marathon.

The event, this year held in the Howgill Fells, is a two-day mix of orienteering and fell running which requires pairs of runners to carry all they need for the two days on their backs, ie tent, food, etc.

The first day saw clear-blue skies, while the second was grim. Despite being the oldest pair in the field, with a combined age of 130, the old-timers finished a superb sixth of the 32 teams in the Veteran Handicap race. Life in the old dogs yet!

Wooler Running Club

Sunday saw the first race in the Borders Cross Country League take place at Lauder with 228 runners taking part.

Wooler had three members running on a very muddy and challenging 4.76mile course.

Chrys Murphy won his age group in a record time of 31:48, finishing in 51st position overall.

Rob Murray-John finished in 82nd with a great time of 33.40 and Glen McWilliams came 101st in a time of 35.58. An impressive performance all round from the Wooler Club.

The event also saw three potential future members of Wooler Running Club put in impressive runs, with Ben Murray-John coming in 57th, James Cook in 62nd and Sam McWilliams in 75th place. Well done to all current and future club members!”